Rudyard Kipling wrote, “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Perhaps he was exposed to the rich tradition of story-telling in Gaudiya Vaishnavism during his time in India. Indeed, stories are an honored means to understand the pastimes and philosophy of this spiritual practice.
What of ISKCON’s history? How will future generations of devotees imbibe not only Srila Prabhupada’s persistent determination, but also appreciate the dedicated service of his disciples and their disciples? The TOVP serves as a monument to Prabhuapa’s vision and sacrifice and commemorates those devotees whose united efforts built it. The temple carries stories of Prabhupada’s ambition while each day of construction accrues new tales of their own. Noteworthy are those of the main dome, the latest being that the second tier has just been completed and the third segment will begin being raised by the end of the month.
Grounded in the roots of ISKCON’s history, the temple will also play an integral role in the development of its future. It will be a home for discussion and sadhu sanga. Devotees are the troubadours, poetic lyricists spreading transcendental knowledge across the plains.